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Jampacked Quickies include Hall of Fame Game, who is Cal’s best shooter, AJ Rose, recruiting news, Dark Tower review, and more!

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Good morning all ye faithful members of Big Blue Nation. If you have been jonesing for some football then last night you were in luck as the annual Hall of Fame Game took place in Canton, Ohio. Usually this affair takes place the Sunday after the Hall of Fame inductions, but the game was moved up to Thursday.

It was the Arizona Cardinals vs. the Dallas Cowboys and hardly any of the starters saw a snap. But there were a few storylines. Blake Bortles for the Cardinals had a very good game and showed why he should be backup while former Baylor Bear basketball player Rico Gathers looked very good at tight-end for the ‘Boys. His leaping touchdown catch was one of the more eye-catching plays of the night.

We have more preseason games to get through before the real deal starts on September 7, but hey, I’ll take it.

Tweet of the Day

Normally I wouldn’t post a Skip Bayless tweet but this caught me as really funny. Romo made his debut in the booth (deerstand) last night with Jim Nantz and of course Bayless, a Cowboys fan, had to say something snarky. To me this one tweet is the height of Bayless hot takeness.

Quickies

Who is the best shooter in the Calipari Era? | KSR- Cal has had some good ones during his time at UK but one stands out over the rest. Is it Jamal Murray, Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, or someone else?

UK recruiting: Barrett, Williamson, Reddish, more | Lexington Herald Leader
Kentucky basketball recruiting updates on R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, a chance to see UK recruits on TV and more. The first-ever SC30 Select Showcase — hosted by NBA star Stephen Curry and Under Armour — will be televised at 9 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN, and the game is scheduled to include several of UK’s top targets.

5-Star point guard has UK in top 7 | SEC Country- Quentin Grimes is rated as the 5th best point guard in the class and has UK in his top seven. That’s great but Immanuel Quickley could commit at any time and people expect at least one or both of Shai Alexander and Quade Green to return for their sophomore season.

UK football: Running back Rose starting to bloom at right time | Lexington Herald Leader
Frustrated by a redshirt season, running back A.J. Rose sometimes thought of going elsewhere, but his parents and coaches held firm. “Every day isn’t going to be easy,” Asim Rose Sr. told his son.

Kroger Card carriers express lane at Kroger Field | SEC Country- Kentucky fans with Kroger Cards will be treated to an express lane at entrance gate 6. But doesn’t everyone have a Kroger Card?

Kentucky Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award | UK Wildcats News
For the third-consecutive season, the Kentucky volleyball program earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.

JT Riddle to miss rest of rookie season with Marlins | Lexington Herald Leader
Miami Marlins shortstop JT Riddle, who starred in high school at Western Hills and in college at Kentucky, will miss the rest of the season because of a left shoulder injury that will require surgery Aug. 11 to repair a torn labrum.

Allen Iverson to miss Big3's Lexington games at Rupp Arena | Lexington Herald Leader
Allen Iverson’s unexcused absence last weekend resulted in him being suspended from this Sunday’s Big3 games in Rupp Arena, league officials said. This hurts the new 3-on-3 league’s legitimacy, officials said, but the league is “bigger than one man,” co-founder and rapper Ice Cube said.

Here’s how hard it is to be a Heisman finalist from a non-power conference - SBNation.com
The list of potential winners is tiny, and the list of potential finalists isn’t much bigger. Just 13 non-power players cracked the top five in Heisman voting since 1992. That list includes Marshall Faulk, Randy Moss, Steve McNair, and LaDainian Tomlinson.

College football power rankings | ESPN- The Wildcats will play three of the top 25 teams. Florida (14), Georgia (17), and Louisville (18) all made the cut.

Terrell Suggs Says 'Hell Yeah' Ravens Players Would Welcome Colin Kaepernick
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said players in Baltimore's locker room would welcome free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick as long as "he's going to help us win."

Richard Sherman says Colin Kaepernick’s situation is about ‘stay in your place’ - SBNation.com
Sherman provided one of the most profound displays of backing up Kaepernick we’ve seen from an NFL player.

Here's the real reason the NFL is waiting to make an announcement on its Ezekiel Elliott investigation
As one of many subscribers to the theory that the NFL simply won't let an Ezekiel Elliott suspension rain on Jerry Jones' parade to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, one thing must be made clear.

Gareon Conley Will Not Be Indicted by Grand Jury over April Rape Allegation
Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley was not charged by the grand jury for rape allegations that came before the NFL draft in April, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

NFL Network Did an Entire Segment Guessing the Seahawks W-L Record. From 2016.
Punters are the smartest guys in any room they’re ever in, at least in the case of Jon Ryan in the room at NFL Network.

Andrew Luck Reportedly May Miss 1st 6 Games Due to Shoulder Injury
Having undergone shoulder surgery in January, Colts QB Andrew Luck may not start the 2017 season. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday he's "heard plenty of rumblings about [Luck] starting the year on the physically unable to perform list."

30 Stephen King movies ranked | Rolling Stone- There are some good ones on the list bt to me The Shining is always going to be the scariest King adaptation and the best even though the author didn’t care for Stanley Kubric’s film. This list comes as The Dark Tower hits theaters to extremely poor reviews. I had a feeling that would happen. I read all eight books in the Dark Tower series and while I was optimistic about the first movie, I always felt that the Midworld Western/Fantasy drama would be too epic in scope for the theaters. What it needed was an HBO, AMC, or FX series treatment. An hour and a half is not even close to being enough for the first book let alone trying to cram in several plots from across the entire fictional universe. Hopefully the new vision of It can hold up better in comparison to the novel and outdo the classic but, in my opinion, overrated made for TV movie. Rant over.

Armored dinosaur may have used camouflage | Science News- Something this size using camouflage is impressive enough.The car-sized herbivore used this defense mechanism to hide from predators.

Aziz Ansari deletes the Internet | Barstool- The comedian and star of the hilarious Netflix series Master of None is done with the internet. Apparently he’s trying to eliminate stress from his life so he deleted all social media, web-browsers, etc... from his phone. All he does is call and text. He may be onto something.